You will need to bring a referral letter from your dentist, orthodontist or doctor to your consultation, as well as a current OPG x-ray. This x-ray must be dated and labelled with your name and date of birth. Please note, if you forget your referral letter or x-ray you will need to reschedule your appointment.
At the consultation
Please arrive 10 minutes early so you can complete a medical history form (which asks for personal details such as name, address, contact details, medicare number, health fund details as well as details of any medical conditions, previous surgeries, illnesses and medications).
Your surgeon will examine you and your x-rays and discuss treatment options. Please note that no surgical treatment will be undertaken at your initial consultation. If you elect to undergo surgery, you can fill out a Hospital Consent form at this time and our administrations staff will make the booking for you.
Preparing for surgery
Depending upon the nature of your treatment, you will either receive Local Anaesthetic in surgery or General Anaesthetic in hospital. We will contact you via phone or SMS prior to your appointment to confirm that you are still attending.
You can eat breakfast as normal on the day of your procedure, but please clean your teeth thoroughly after you have eaten. Please bring you x-rays to your appointment. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment.
Our nursing staff will take you into surgery and ask you an=bout your medical history and medications to make sure nothing has changed since your consultation.
You will remain in our rooms for 10 to 30 minutes after your procedure so we can monitor your post-operative recovery.
General Anaesthetic (GA) procedures are carried out in hospital. Please fast (no eating or drinking) as instructed by the hospital in the lead-up to your surgery. Be sure to arrive at the hospital on time.
Your anaesthetist will see you prior to surgery to discuss your medical history or any concerns you may have and prescribe you any pain medication, if needed, for the post-operative period.
You will wake up in recovery, before being moved to day surgery or an overnight room. Your surgeon will see you after surgery and, if you are staying in hospital overnight, the next day too.
All patients have different rates of recovery and different levels of pain tolerance, the information following is a general guide for the normal range of post operative issues.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after general anaesthetic or sedation.
- Do not brush your teeth for 24 hours after procedure.
- Be gentle when you brush your teeth.
- Do not operate machinery or drive a vehicle for at least 72 hours after surgery, or whilst on strong pain medication.
- Do not eat or drink foods or liquids that are very hot within the first 24 hours.
- We recommend 1 – 3 days rest from normal activities after local anaesthetic and oral surgery.
- We recommend 5 – 7 days rest from normal activities after general anaesthetic and oral surgery.